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Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park

Purnululu National Park is located in Western Australia province in Australia. Purnululu National Park covers an area of 2,397.23 km².

 

 

 

Location: Western Australia  Map

Area: 2,397.23 km²

 

 

 

Description of Purnululu National Park

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Purnululu National Park is a majestic protected reserve famous for its unusual geologic formations with a diverse biosphere. Its name "purnululu" id derived from a local dialect of the native tribe of kija people and can be translated simply as a "sandstone". Alternative name for Purnululu National Park is Bungle Bungle Range (total of 45,000 hectares) after the main geologic formation that is found the boundaries of the park.

 

You can get to Purnululu National Park by taking Great Northern Highway and then taking a smaller Spring Creek Track that takes you to the park entrance and a visitor center. The last few kilometers of the road are only useable during dry season that usually lasts from April till end of December. Even then you should use four wheel drive vehicles since the road is not in the best condition. During wet season flashfloods make the road unusable.

 

The most unique feature of Purnululu National Park is its geologic formations that are sometimes compared to hives if you look at them from above. They formed naturally by action of wind and water erosion. On the closer inspection they consist of bright orange (due to presence of iron and manganese oxides) sandstone alternating with dark bands. Much of Purnululu National Park is covered by dry savannah and continental arid desert. Although few oasis do exist where you can find forests of acacia, eucalyptus and Frevillea. In total there are over 600 species of plants (13 are endemic to the region), 41 species of mammals, 81 species of reptiles, 15 species and of fish and about 150 species of birds.

 

Purnululu National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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